Been a funny old week. Yesterday I was called to give evidence to a Portfolio Committee meeting in Parliament...which was different, but at least we were able to set the record straight on accessibility at both Cape Town & Nelson Mandela Bay Stadia.
Then today! The City of Cape Town, and the stadium operators (SAIL Stade de France) hosted the concert by Filia School. As mentioned in an earlier posting, this was perhaps the only facility which could provide the accessibility needed on this scale. There were close to 200 children, many with quite severe disabilities performing, and many people with disabilities in the audience, along with several schools, from as far away as Franschhoek. People had travelled in fromWellington to be there.
What a great event!!! It is a pity that the press did not turn out in the numbers that this concert deserved, but as you can see from the photos below, we had a good crowd.
The concert was amazing, very moving, and inspirational. The audience joined in, and the final rendition of the National Anthem was the most emotionally charged that I have ever witnessed!! I was in a position where I could see the crowd, and there were very few dry eyes. It was a fantastic celebration of diversity.
Even the weather was on our side; after several days of torrential rain, & several more forecast, the concert happened in the dry!!!
This event proved the accessibility of the stadium, beyond any doubt, and was a truly amazing experience. We hope it will become an annual event.